bookcover Yongle

lacquered campher-wood, with goldpowder engraved (qiangjin-technique)
China (Beijing), Imperial workshops of the Yongle-emperor (1402-1424).
size: 73 x 26 x 3,5 cm.

One of the few surviving bookcovers for the Beijing-edition of theĀ Kanjur, send by the Yongle-emperor to the most important monasteries in Tibet. This cover, decorated with four of eight symbols of the Astamangala, with in the middle a waterpot and theĀ triratna, was an undercover, while there is no bilingual inscription on the backside.

 

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